Arthur G. “Art” Griffin, Jr.

January 28, 1934 - May 19, 2017
Arthur G. “Art” Griffin, Jr.

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Arthur Gwynn Griffin, Jr., 83, of Melbourne, Fla., and Hendersonville, N.C., died Friday, May 19 in Hendersonville.

Born in Greenville, S.C., he graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. in 1955, after which was employed by the General Electric Co., as an electrical engineer in Syracuse and Schenectady, N.Y. There he met Arlene Serbanewicz, whom he wed in 1956. He and Arlene soon moved to Cocoa Beach, Fla., where he worked on the early space program for GE at Cape Canaveral, Fla. He then joined NASA at Cape Canaveral, where for nearly 30 years he worked on test flight planning and space flight communications in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs.

Mr. Griffin was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Hendersonville, N.C., and a founding member of Hope Episcopal Church, Melbourne, Fla.

His parents, Arthur Gwynn and Christa Wilson Griffin, of Davidson, N. C., preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Arlene S. Griffin, two daughters, Barbara L. Griffin and Clay W. Stauffer, Holland, Mich., Robin L. and Tony Gichuhi, St. Charles, Ill., and one son, Arthur G., III, and Deborah A. Griffin, Grandville, Mich., seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three brothers, Henry C. and Barbara P. Griffin, Black Mountain, N.C., Marion W. and Beth B. Griffin, Asheboro, N.C., and Morris H. and Kathy P. Griffin, West Jefferson, N.C.

An avid car collector, he was a longtime member of the Antique Auto Club of America and regularly officiated at car shows throughout the country.  He was also active in the Kaiser-Fraser Club and the Mustang Club. He enjoyed collecting and restoring Fords, Kaisers and Mustangs.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. James Episcopal Church, 766 N. Main St., Hendersonville, N.C. 28792.  Interment of ashes will be at Hope Episcopal Church later this summer.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church and Hope Episcopal Church, 190 Interlachen Road, Melbourne, Fla., 32940.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
1:00 PM

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766 N. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791

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  • May 22, 2017
    Scott, Heather, Anna, Ethan and Jane Wolterink says:
    Barbara, Clay and extended family, the Wolterink's offer our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences. Losing a parent is so hard. Know that your friends and family are at your side and here or there whenever you need us or simply just want to be near someone.

  • May 22, 2017
    Susan Giancola says:
    I just learned of Art's passing and am filled with a variety of emotions. I am so saddened to hear of Art's passing and deeply sorry for your great loss Arlene and family. As the former Volunteer Coordinator at the King Center, I had the great honor of knowing Art from his time as a volunteer. His infectious smile and kind demeanor was always present. He was always willing to go above and beyond to help in his capacity as a volunteer. I have nothing but the highest admiration for Art and am grateful that I was blessed to know him. Blessings to you Arlene and your entire family.

  • May 22, 2017
    Debra Tetro says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Art was a great man. We will miss him. The Tetro Family and the staff of Harbor Auto Restoration.

  • May 22, 2017
    Brenda Nichols-Norris says:
    I'm so sorry for your loss, Arlene. I'm praying for you and your family during this most difficult time.

  • May 20, 2017
    Sarah Tessnair lit a candle:
    Lit since May 20, 2017 at 5:47:14 PM